Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Finished! And I give the Happy award!

"Here Be Dragons"
15 x 20 watercolor

     Finished! Just barely too. I sent my entry off (actually my husband did) about an hour ago, and now I just have to wait for that dreaded little letter in the mail. I kept thinking as I painted this (especially towards the end) that I was kind of fighting a losing battle. I know the artist jurrying this show and they've rejected me once before. But I decided to go ahead and enter anyway and just hope for the best.
     There are some things that I really like about this painting and others that I wish had turned out better. But what I've learned is that I really need to plan my painting in advance. Not when I have my brush in my hand and the paper's wet. Then it's just too late and you have to hope that whatever you do works out. I planned the face ahead but the background and the book I just kind of . . . didn't. I think I could have done a better job if I had just known what I wanted to happen there, instead of just waiting for it to fall into my head.  But I'm ready to dive into another project right away and try and pound into my head the lessons I learned from this one. :) Now an award!


     Roxy from a woman's write gave me the Happy award (I'm not sure if that's what it's called, but that's what I'm calling it)! Yay! She is amazing, so funny, a fantastic writer, and a really great friend! She reached out to me and made me feel so welcome in this bloggy world.  Now I list some things that make me happy and pass the award on to other bloggers who then pass it on to others, making so much happiness!

     Things that make me happy : books (really, didn't know that did ya?) few things make me happier than a great book to read, spending time with my family and friends, sweet baby kisses from my 18 month old, my husband (he's everything), playing games with my boys, chocolate and peanut butter, red vines, autumn, blogging, Indian food (I love chicken coconut kurma and mango lassi's YUM!), The Office, staying at home.

And here are the blogs that make me happy, who I pass this award on to, and if it wouldn't be repetitive I would give it straight back to Roxy, because her blog makes me Happy!

Please go check out these cool blogs, make some awesome friends, spread the love!


  1. Congratulations on the award!! And I must say I love this drawing, how beautiful!!! You are truly talented!! Love the dragons ;)

  2. Thanks so much for the Happy 101 award! It's really good to know that my blog, photography and ramblings make someone happy! I need to get out today and take some more pictures, it's 42 degrees today in the cities....I can just feel spring coming!

  3. Wowie! Thank you so much! And oh, your sweet words just made me feel all sparkly. Thank you thank you!

    And Crystal? Your art is STUNNING! I am beyond impressed. What a gift! ♥

  4. I love your painting! You have such incredible talent. I'm jealous.

    Congratulations on the award. :)

  5. Very well done on your dragon! i love it! & thanks for the award!

  6. Congrats on the award! What a beautiful piece--you should be proud :)

  7. Hooray on the painting. I love it! You're blog makes me happy each day, Crystal.

  8. You guys made my morning! Thanks so much for all the kindness you guys show me, and your encouragement and compliments on the painting, means a lot to me :)

  9. OH my stars! I just came over here from your other blog where you were saying your painting was horrible. I hate to tell you this but you are SOOOOO wrong. I scrolled down through all your posts, even the oldest ones, and your eyes are amazing. You are one talented woman. NEVER give up.

  10. Thanks so much for the award. You are an amazing artist and a great sister. I love the way your painting turned out and I loved to see its progress each day. Can't wait to hear how it does. I'm sure it will be wonderful. Luv ya

  11. Christine, that is just the nicest thing to say :) you made me happy! I don't think I will ever give up, I just feel like giving up A LOT. Thank you so much.

    Jenny Lee, you are the greatest sister ever. I'm glad you liked the painting, we'll see how it goes. I'm not counting on it even getting in. But trying to keep faith that things will work out, however that may be. Love you.


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